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Aussies upbeat for must-win game against India


Favourites Australia hope to revel in the pressure of sudden-death play when they clash with under-performing hosts India in a key ICC Champions Trophy match here on Sunday.

“We know we are going to find ourselves facing a sudden-death scenario at some stage during the World Cup, so the more we can test ourselves under those circumstances, the better off we will be,” said Australian captain Ricky Ponting. “We have managed to play really well in bigger games and this is going to be a very big game, having to defeat India on home soil to keep alive our chances to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.”

The Aussies find themselves in a must-win after being stunned by the West Indies in their opening match in Mumbai before bouncing back to whip old foes England in Jaipur on October 21. “We have to play better than India in their own backyard,” said Ponting. “We have had an unusually long break of eight days between matches, but that means we should be better prepared for this game.”

Indian captain Rahul Dravid, meanwhile, urged his team to start performing after crashing to their sixth defeat in seven matches against Brian Lara’s West Indians in Ahmedabad. “It’s not nice losing, we have to perform,” said Dravid.

Meanwhile, Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of Sunday’s crucial Champions Trophy tie against Australia after suffering a knee injury.

Source:The News

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